Artistic Director Jim Strait and Managing Director Paul Taylor have been domestic and business partners for 35 years.
Jim has worked in the live theater business since the 1970's; acting, directing and designing, as well as managing the business and operations of three professional theatre companies in the San Diego area. He was Producing Director for the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre Company and Artistic Director for T.S. Productions, staging the San Diego premiere of the musical Nunsense in 1990. Jim was later Managing Director of The City of Vista's Moonlight Stage Productions, overseeing a $1.5 million annual budget and producing five Broadway-scale musicals and several plays and special events each season for eight years. He performed in and directed many successful plays and musicals in San Diego County and the Coachella Valley.
Paul worked with Santa Rosa Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, and was a working Board Member of The Gay Men’s Chorus of Palm Springs. Paul was Producer and Manager of T.S. Productions in San Diego and worked in many backstage and front-of-house positions at several professional and community theatres throughout California.
Both partners bring keen business acumen and widely respected artistic talents to Desert Rose Productions, Inc.